After consuming these unhealthy and non nutritional

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considered unhealthy. After consuming these unhealthy and non-nutritional foods for long periods of time, human bodies quickly become unhealthy. This can lead to obesity and then to the chronic health conditions that are being seen in today’s society. Rural areas, being on average, low income areas, also have minimal access to healthcare facilities which can be a problem in itself for a variety of reasons. This can be an issue for a person that is battling an illness but also for those that are potentially well and healthy for the time being. It is clear that if a person is suffering from any type of illness they need treatment from a professional doctor. If they are unable to get to these healthcare facilities where the professional doctors are, they cannot receive treatment and it could potentially get worse or even lead to death. However, even if a person feels well and healthy, they still need check-up visits and labs to ensure their health is where it needs to be. Rural areas consist of people that are hard to reach and live spread out over large areas of land. This means that there can be additional structural constraints that coincide with health related problems. Rural areas can be lacking medical providers, especially near by, due to the small population over a large area of occupied space. Having little to no health care facilities cause a problem for rural areas obesity rates. Without a presence of doctors and nurses, rural communities do not have the guidance of healthcare professionals that more populated places might. As stated by Rural Health Information Hub, “Rural healthcare facilities are less likely to have nutritionists, dietitians, or weight management experts available” (par 1). Dietitians, nutritionists and other experts are expensive people to have on hold at the local clinic or hospital. Many general physicians are flown in from out-of-town or even out-of-state to work at rural hospitals so specialists like dieticians and nutritionists are even harder to find. The lack of these health care professionals
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Emerson, Jones, McArthur, Robards, Siddiqui, 8 makes it much harder for rural residents to get help with weight management and healthy eating. Obesity and overweightness can stem from this. Urban areas struggle with obesity in a similar way to rural areas. Urban areas and rural areas alike struggle with an idea called a “food desert.” Food deserts are defined as at least 33 percent of a communities population (in urban or suburban areas) living one mile or more away from a supermarket or grocery store. For rural areas, 33 percent of the population must live ten or more miles from one. Interestingly enough, food deserts are typically associated with higher priced food at their scarce grocery stores. When there is only one grocery store in a multiple mile radius, that store can in a way monopolize and sell food at whatever price they wish. Higher priced food and a farther way to travel would drive many people to buying food at gas stations or smaller grocers that may have less healthy food. According to Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar and other
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